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POLITICAL REPORT
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Chris W. Cox, nra-ila Exec. Director

On Campus Carry,
We've Only Begun To Fight

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or the better part of a generation, we've been working to eliminate state laws that
make it either difficult or impossible to legally carry a concealed handgun for
protection while away from home. When we started, 40 states had those kinds of laws.
Today, only eight states and the District of Columbia fit that category. Of course, we're
continuing to try to get that number to zero.
We're also working to achieve total carry permit reciprocity among the
50 states and to defend or advance "stand your ground" laws.
The reason is simple: People have a fundamental, constitutional right to
defend themselves.
More on that in a moment, but mentioning some of the ways that the
National Rifle Association, its members, other gun owners and our supporters in
elected offices have been validating and vindicating people's self-defense rights brings
me to an issue on which gun control supporters have been particularly irrational. I'm
referring to legislation that recognizes the right of permit holders to carry firearms for
protection on college and university campuses, commonly referred to as "campus carry."
I say irrational because, in addition to predicting campus-carry laws will inspire a
crime wave-the same thing they incorrectly predicted would happen if Right-to-Carry
laws were passed-gun control supporters have come up with a laundry list of
half-baked hypotheticals that are remarkable, even by their usual line of reasoning.
Newsweek, which has a history of publishing wild exaggerations that are designed
to scare people into supporting gun control, recently printed what is probably the
most outlandish of these "what ifs" to date: the idea that if permit holders are allowed
to carry on campus, professors will "be forced to give 'a' grades to undeserving
students, just so they can avoid being shot."
Clearly, Newsweek has descended to a new level of fear-mongering to promote
its anti-gun agenda. The notion that otherwise law-abiding college students would
use strong-arm tactics and extortion to generate a high grade-point average is
simply absurd.
College administrators and faculty members have joined the fray, claiming that
campus carry will lead to all manner of criminal and negligent misuse of firearms.
But you and I know better. We know that campus carry doesn't lead to problems,

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because permit holders have proven
time and again-in state after state-to
be even more law-abiding than the
citizenry at large.
Interestingly, most college websites
have pages devoted to describing-in
extremely positive terms-the
outstanding merit and talents of the
student body, administration and faculty.
Given that fact, one would think most
college administrators would trust their
excellent students, faculty and staff
members with campus carry.
Instead, they make essentially the
same argument that the District of
Columbia's attorney general recently
made after the u.s. District Court for d.c.
struck down the requirement of a "good
reason" before issuing carry permits. In
the attorney general's words, "The risk
of a gun-related tragedy-accidental or
deliberate ... outweighs [prospective
permit holders'] speculative fears about
any imminent need to defend themselves
from a random, public attack."
Contrast these cynical views with
the optimism of Texas a&m System
Chancellor John Sharp, who told the
Texas Legislature that he has "complete
trust and faith" in his students and
professors as he explained why the
Aggies "will not oppose campus carry."
Sharp is to be commended for bucking
his academic counterparts and publicly
expressing his trust of law-abiding citizens
on the a&m campus.
As I discuss elsewhere in this issue,
the u.s. Supreme Court's Heller decision
establishes that the right to arms derives
from the right to self-defense, and
the majority of Americans support
gun ownership for this reason. This is
why, although they'll never admit it,
gun control supporters know their only
chance of disarming Americans depends
on undermining anything related to the
defensive use of guns.
On the issue of self-defense,
gun control supporters have been on a
losing streak of epic proportions. With
your help, we'll keep that streak intact.

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